The Country Guesthouse (Sullivan's Crossing Series #5)

The Country Guesthouse (Sullivan's Crossing Series #5)

by Robyn Carr

Hardcover(Original)

$18.89 $26.99 Save 30% Current price is $18.89, Original price is $26.99. You Save 30%.
View All Available Formats & Editions
Choose Expedited Shipping at checkout for guaranteed delivery by Wednesday, February 19

Overview

The Country Guesthouse by Robyn Carr will be available Jan 07, 2020. Preorder your copy today!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780778309055
Publisher: MIRA Books
Publication date: 01/07/2020
Series: Sullivan's Crossing Series , #5
Edition description: Original
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 162
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Robyn Carr is an award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than sixty novels, including highly praised women's fiction such as Four Friends and The View From Alameda Island and the critically acclaimed Virgin River, Thunder Point and Sullivan's Crossing series. Virgin River is now a Netflix Original series. Robyn lives in Las Vegas, Nevada. Visit her website at www.RobynCarr.com.

Read an Excerpt

CHAPTER 1

OWEN AND HIS GREAT DANE, ROMEO, WALKED AROUND the lake and up the road to Sully's store. Sully was sitting on the porch with his son-in-law, Cal Jones. His little granddaughter was sitting on the porch steps. The moment three-year-old Elizabeth saw them, she clapped her hands and yelled, "Womeo!" The Great Dane paused, turned his big head to look up at Owen. "Okay," Owen said. Romeo took off at a gallop, looking like a pony, loping across the yard to his welcome party. Sully's yellow Lab, Beau, met Romeo at the porch steps and the two dogs treated themselves to a trot around the yard.

Owen leaned his walking stick against the porch, doffed his backpack and ruff led Elizabeth's hair as he took the steps.

"Hey, neighbor," Sully said. "How's the shootin' today?"

"I only see the good stuff if I leave the camera at home," Owen said. He shook Sully's hand, then Cal's. "Looks like the campground's filling up."

"It's always spring break somewhere," Sully said. "At least I get the outdoorsy types instead of the drink-till-you-puke types."

Owen laughed. "Good planning, Sully. Is it too early for a beer?" he asked, looking at Cal's beer.

"I hope not," Cal said. "Maggie's in Denver. I'm holding down the fort with Elizabeth's help."

"Your secret is safe with me," Owen said.

"That's nice, but unnecessary. Now that Elizabeth can actually talk, nothing is sacred."

"What's a sacwed, Daddy?"

"I'll tell you later," Cal said.

Owen got himself a cold bottle of beer from the cooler inside, left a few dollars on the counter and wandered back onto the porch. He sat down, stretched out his very long legs and took a long pull on his beer. Romeo and Beau wandered back to the store porch. Romeo treated Elizabeth to a full face wash, cleaning her off with a few hearty licks. She squealed with delight and said, "Oh-oh-oh-oh, Womeo! I love you, too."

The men all laughed. "Why can't the weather be like this all year?" Owen asked.

"Because we need that snowpack," Sully said. "Don't need those summer fires, though. You just coming home or you getting ready to go away again?"

"I've been back a week," Owen said. "Next is Taiwan in about a month, but they've been having some serious weather issues right where I plan to shoot. I'm keeping an eye on that."

Owen, a photographer, was a freelancer. When he was younger he did a lot of portraits, school pictures, weddings, family Christmas cards, that sort of thing. When he was in his thirties he began doing more artistic photographs and sometimes more political photos — war-ravaged villages, citizens of impoverished countries, the poverty or decadence in his own country, as well as interesting or beautiful landscapes, mountains, wildlife. Then he wrote accompanying essays or blogs for his photos and became something of a travel writer, with a twist. He would expose the blunders, chaos, humor and turmoil in his own little world of professional photography, and he became famous — reluctantly. He snuck into the kitchens of five-star hotels, backstage at concerts, into locker rooms at sporting events and behind the scenes at dog shows — anything that seemed interesting and where he could potentially expose a secret or insight or revelation. A few books of his collected photos and essays were published and, for some crazy reason, people bought them.

What he was most interested in was art and travel, experiencing other cultures. And solitude — he always traveled alone. "I'm spending a couple of weeks in Vietnam in July. I love Vietnam," Owen said.

"I can't remember loving it," Sully said.

"Exactly what my dad said." Owen laughed.

"It's so polite of you to remind me I'm old enough to be your father," Sully said.

"Old enough to be mine, too," Cal said. "Oh, that's right, you kind of are. By marriage."

"Where's Helen?" Owen asked.

"Some kind of writing convention in New York."

"And you never go along?"

"Not to these book things," Sully said. "She's better off without me. She and the writer friends whoop it up. I don't have the wanderlust like you and Helen. And someone has to be around here to mind the store. I can't see renting out my place like you do yours."

"That doesn't always work out so great," Owen said. "There are times it's a little awkward. Sometimes a trip gets canceled and I end up being on the property. But that's only happened twice. The Realtor who manages the rentals around here always contacts the guests and offers a refund or another place, but if they want the house, I just stay in the barn and they mostly ignore me." He took a drink of his beer. "I should probably sell the house and move into the barn. It's really all I need."

"Why'd you build that big house, then?" Sully asked.

"I like that house," Owen said. "I also like the barn."

The barn had been converted into a studio and guesthouse. There was a bedroom and kitchenette behind the studio. The light was good. He had all his camera equipment set up there, plus shelves for his favorite books. There was a bigger library in the main house — Owen loved books. He took people in very small doses and liked his own company. He was drawn to nature, travel, reading, quiet and his work. He blew up and transferred his pictures onto canvases, mounted them himself, carted them around to a variety of galleries and gift shops, and the last few years he had been contracted to provide his photos to hotels, restaurants and private buyers.

"You know I live in a barn," Cal reminded Owen.

"My barn isn't as fancy as your barn. It's a shop. With a bed in it. But my house trumps your house." Then he grinned.

"What do you do with all those bedrooms?" Sully asked.

"Nothing except when I rent it out. In a few years I might sell it. I don't know. I like the location. And sometimes my sister and her kids come. Plus, I have friends ..."

"You do?" Sully asked.

"Well, yeah. Some. Not too many. I don't want too many.

How many have you got?"

"About six," Sully said, smiling. "And a town. Plus the Jones clan intermarried with some of my friends so now I have a big family, and I never saw that coming."

"Neither did the Jones clan," Cal said.

"Is your whole family here now?" Owen asked Cal.

"All but my parents and my sister Sedona — she's still back east, but she turns up regularly for visits. Sierra and Connie are neighbors now. Dakota just took a teaching job right smack between Boulder and Timberlake, so we see him and Sid a lot. Sid's brother and his wife live in town. It's a complicated web. I could make you up a chart."

"Is there going to be a test?" Owen asked. But he was thinking he had far fewer connections, and he wondered if they found him odd. But of course they found him odd — he was six foot five and thin, seen wandering around the trails with his backpack full of cameras and his giant dog named Romeo. His big house was full of unused bedrooms that he let strangers borrow. He explained away his solitary ways as a life of art when the truth was he was afraid of close relationships and he distracted himself with travel. Women hit on him a lot. They probably suspected he was rich. From time to time he let them catch him, just not for long. He was only a little rich. He made a very respectable living.

"If you met the right woman you could have a mess of kids," Sully said.

"You think there's any chance of that now?" Owen asked. "I'm forty-five and dull."

"I didn't know you were only forty-five," Cal said, grinning.

"Another twenty years and you'll be a cranky old man and fit right in," Sully said. "Then again, I only met Helen about a year ago. I still can't figure out what she sees in me." Then he laughed wickedly.

Owen was crazy about Helen. She and Sully were living together. Helen wrote mystery novels that Sully said were filled with gore and dead bodies. He claimed to sleep with one eye open. Owen thought they were the cutest couple anywhere. "Maybe when I'm seventy, I'll meet the right one. You're a good example — if you can find a perfect woman, anyone can."

"Well, good luck to you," Sully said. "But that ain't gonna help use all those bedrooms much by then."

The few weeks after finding her fiancé with her assistant turned into a complete nightmare for Hannah. She faced some very unpleasant and immediate chores: get Wyatt out of her house, hire some temporary admin help at the office and try to ignore the never-ending gossip about how Hannah came home from a business trip to find her fiancé and assistant knocking boots. Everyone but Hannah was quite entertained by the tantalizing story.

Hannah and Wyatt had been together for three years. They'd dated for a year, lived together for a year and had been engaged for a year. Hannah was thirty-five; he was not her first boyfriend. He wasn't her first fiancé, for that matter. She overheard one of the gossips say, "Maybe three's the charm."

She had to tell her friends who were supposed to be bridesmaids. Except Stephanie, who had also been a designated bridesmaid. That was irrelevant now, though Hannah did wonder if they were still seeing each other. Maybe Wyatt could marry her since he already had the tux ordered.

Hannah also had to cancel everything that had been reserved ahead of the wedding date — reception hall, caterer, photographer, flowers, band. The wedding was barely planned and yet there was all this detritus. The last time she'd broken up with a fiancé, they hadn't gotten this far into the planning — all she had to do was give back the ring. Wyatt was not getting the ring back — she'd sell it to pay for a vacation for herself.

All that cleanup took a full week. She then called the Realtor in Colorado and booked the house near Sullivan's Crossing for the first available two-week rental. She wanted a quiet, beautiful place to get her head together. It wouldn't be available for several weeks, but that gave her something to look forward to. Spring in the Rockies.

And then, just as she was starting to feel like herself again, the world came to an end. Her college roommate and best friend, Erin Waters, was consoling her on the phone, telling her it wasn't her fault, that no, she didn't attract losers, that everything was going to work out for the best — and all the while she was coughing relentlessly.

"You are going to see a doctor about that, aren't you?" Hannah asked.

"Absolutely," Erin said. "I feel like shit. I've been trying to sleep it off. But I guess I need drugs. I can't remember ever being this sick."

"And is Noah all right?" Hannah asked, speaking of Erin's five-year-old son.

"He's fine. I'm giving him extra vitamin C just in case. I have a doctor's appointment this afternoon and he'll be with Linda." Linda was Noah's regular babysitter, and Noah and Erin were very close to Linda and her family.

"Then you better stay home and rest."

"You know I will. I'm no martyr."

"Call me when you're back from the doctor. Let me know how it went, what he said."

"Sure," she said. Then she coughed hard and they ended the call.

Erin didn't call back. Instead, it was Linda who called a few days later. She explained that as soon as she examined Erin, the doctor called an emergency transport. She was taken to the hospital and admitted to the ICU with an advanced case of pneumonia, and in a very short period of time, she had passed away. Just slipped away. They resuscitated her twice and had her on life support for about twenty-four hours.

Devastated and in shock, Hannah headed for Madison at Linda's first call, as did their other two best friends, Sharon and Kate. They all stayed with Noah at Erin's house and made the funeral arrangements. They not only made all the arrangements, they paid for everything, as well. According to Erin's wishes, she preferred to be cremated and have a celebration of life. You wouldn't think a thirty-five-year-old woman would have articulated such desires, but she had a child, was estranged from her family, worked as a paralegal and had spelled out her wishes in a very precise will. The four women had been very close since college, kept in touch, saw each other regularly even though three of them lived in Minneapolis and Erin had moved to Madison after college.

It was a very complicated and unpleasant situation. Erin and her mother had always had a strained relationship and hadn't spoken in years. The main cause seemed to be a half brother who had been a delinquent since he was quite young. Erin said he was abusive and her mother had always stood up for him, even when she witnessed his horrible treatment of Erin. There was a time shortly after Hannah met Erin that Erin's brother had beat her, though he was five years younger. The police had been called. Erin wasn't too badly hurt but her mother pleaded with her to say it hadn't happened, claim she'd fallen so Roger wouldn't be arrested. He had only been fifteen at the time and had already been in lots of trouble. Erin refused and mother and daughter, being on opposite sides, withdrew from each other. Their communication from that point on was spotty and never friendly.

In fact, something Hannah and Erin had in common, something that had bonded them in college and later, was their difficulty with their mothers. Hannah's mother had passed away a couple of years ago but Erin's was still going strong, still protecting her son, regularly asking Erin to help Roger. Erin finally took a job in Madison when she was about twenty-six mainly to put distance between herself and her family.

Despite her troubled relationship with her mother, Erin was a wonderful, loving, happy person and had many good friends in and around Madison. Erin's mother was notified of her daughter's death but it wasn't really a surprise that no family members attended the celebration of life. The place was throbbing with people, all stunned and grieving, for she had always been a healthy and vibrant young woman, so active and positive. There hadn't been a man in her life at the moment, but a couple of exes turned up to pay their respects and to check on Noah, though none were Noah's father.

And that was where things got really complicated. Erin's will indicated that she didn't want Noah to be raised by her mother or her brother. She was afraid her mother would allow Roger near and that he'd be abusive to Noah. Her will was very clear. Calling on a years-old promise, Noah was to go into Hannah's custody. Hannah, who wondered if she'd ever marry, wondered if she even wanted to anymore, and who was slowly getting used to the idea that she'd never have children. Hannah, who had called off not one but two weddings.

Sharon and Kate were also named as alternates but both were married. Sharon was expecting her second child and Kate was the mother of two children and three stepchildren. Both women were nurses, one married to a teacher and one to an aircraft mechanic. They were working mothers with very full and busy lives. And Erin had made it clear she wanted it to be Hannah.

"I have no idea how to raise a child," Hannah said.

"Neither did we," Kate said. "I feel your pain. I inherited three stepchildren who hated me on sight. At least Noah loves you."

"We've lived in different towns. We haven't spent that much time together. He knows us all mostly because his mom was close to us." Because as young women will do, when they did get together, they tried to leave the kids behind. There were the occasional holiday gatherings, kids included, but as Hannah didn't have kids for Noah to play with, she felt they hadn't really bonded yet. And Noah had a couple of health issues that Hannah wasn't up to speed on because, while she paid attention when Erin talked, she wasn't dealing with his condition every day. He had a very mild case of cerebral palsy that caused weakness in his legs and for that he wore leg braces, used forearm crutches and spent a lot of time in physical therapy. Fortunately he was otherwise healthy. She knew there was every possibility those legs would strengthen and he'd reach his full mobility potential with the proper care. But not only was Hannah not a nurse like her other two friends, she was also not a mother.

"And yet, when she asked you, you said yes," Sharon reminded her.

"The first time it came up, we were in college!" Hannah said. "We were talking about our mothers — both of them were terrible mothers! And she said, 'If I ever have a family, will you take my children if anything should happen to me and my husband? And I promise to do the same for you!' And then five years ago when she decided to have a baby alone, she asked me again. Five years ago when I was thirty and I thought I was getting married in less than a year. I thought I'd get married and have a family. I didn't ever expect it to really happen or that I'd be on my own when it did. Oh God, I love Noah, but what if I fail him?"

That was when she remembered Erin had said the same thing when she was expecting — and she was the best mom Noah could have asked for.

(Continues…)


Excerpted from "The Country Guesthouse"
by .
Copyright © 2019 Robyn Carr.
Excerpted by permission of Harlequin Enterprises Limited.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

The Country Guesthouse 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Margaret Russell 3 months ago
enjoyable feel good read with a bit of suspense
Gigi1629 3 months ago
Reeling from Erin's sudden Flu demise and having custody of Noah, her son with CP, Hannah packed up Noah and took a mini-vacation that dragged out into Summer. She met lonely, lanky Owen who survived his son's abduction and murder, but he and his dog Romeo immediately bonded with Noah, while Owen fell in love with Hannah. Erin's grifter of a mother Victoria, attempted to gain control of Noah and his trust fund, but Erin had the foresight to give custody of Noah to Hannah because of her mother's mental and physical abuse towards her as a child. Victoria failed attempt to convince her recovering drug addicted son to kidnap Noah, only led to her arrest by federal marshals and return to Minnesota to face swindling charges. Sullivan's Crossing population has grown by two more. Great characters and an interesting plot depicting the cunning wiles of scam artists and sociopaths. The theme of family and relationships show that who we call or deem as family are not always blood related. I was left wondering if Helen reported her wallet stolen by Victoria? A great Must-Read HEA novel! 01/07/20-01/08/20
Trish Meeker 3 months ago
I always look forward to Ms. Carr ' s books and this did not disappoint . Wonderful story and a delight to read. Now time to reread the series until the next novel !
Sally Stevens 11 days ago
A great sequel to the series.
Lorraine Dorneman 11 days ago
Loved it, especially when you get to revisit past characters!
Vickie Coffey 12 days ago
Sailon 14 days ago
Hannah Russell visits Sullivan’s Crossing on a business trip that she can’t escape fast enough from but when her life is turned upside down, she returns to Sullivan’s Crossing for alittle R and R. Hannah remembers the great house but never expected the hunky owner, Owen, to be on the premises. You see, Hannah’s engagement is broken, she gets custody of her best friend’s five-year-old son after her best friend dies unexpectedly and now, she must make decisions for not only herself but Noah. Noah instantly connects to Owen’s great dane, Romeo. Through Romeo, Owen finds a way to connect with the gorgeous Hannah and Noah. Although, Noah and Hannah pull Owen’s own grief to the forefront, there are some things worth fighting for and Owen knows that is the case with both Hannah and Noah. Robyn Carr delivers another heartfelt and riveting addition to Sullivan’s Crossing. Opening the pages of The Country Guesthouse is like coming home to friends and family and catching up on old times. Great characters, amazing new plot and the best fictional neighbors, friends and family anyone could ask for. Take a load off and check into Sullivan’s Crossing. I received this copy of The Country Guesthouse from HARLEQUIN – Trade Publishing (U.S. & Canada) - MIRA. This is my honest and voluntary review.
rlane 14 days ago
As usual with Robyn Carr’s stories, The Country Guesthouse sucked me right in from the first chapter. Hannah’s life is turned upside down in more ways than one when her best friend, Erin, dies unexpectedly and she’s named as the guardian to her five-year-old son, Noah. Erin and Hannah had been best friends since college, bonding over shared goals and horrible mothers. Of course, when Hannah agreed to take care of any of Erin’s future offspring should something happen, Hannah never dreamed she’d have to carry out that promise. She’s determined to cherish and raise Noah right, and to get better acquainted and smooth the transition Hannah takes them on a vacation to a secluded Colorado house. Little does she know that due to a scheduling mishap, the owner, Owen Abrams will be staying on the property as well, but this turns out to be the best thing for Hannah, Noah, and Owen. Owen Abrams is no stranger to loss, and so Hannah and Noah’s situation tugs at his heart. His big Great Dane, Romeo, immediately breaks the ice and lifts Noah’s spirits, but it’s Owen’s help and friendship that truly make their vacation special. Days swimming and fishing in the lake and nights spent making dinner and relaxing on the porch make it so Hannah and Noah never want to leave. Hannah and Owen grow closer and closer making leaving a painful prospect. Never fear, love finds a way! The situation was both heartbreaking and heartwarming, and I was captivated from page one. As with real life, there were bumps in the road. There’s usually a little suspense and danger with Ms. Carr’s stories, and there’s a situation that definitely put me on edge and had me worrying for Noah’s safety, but Hannah and Noah had love, support, and protection from Owen, as well as many of the residents in Sullivan’s Crossing, most I’d met in the previous installments. Characters from past stories pop in, but I think The Country Guesthouse can be read as a standalone since this is very much Hannah, Owen and Noah’s story. Sullivan’s Crossing has been a thoroughly enjoyable series, and I love digging into every new installment! Set in the Colorado mountains, where the Continental Divide Trail and the Colorado Trail intersect, Sullivan’s Crossing sounds like a beautiful small town, and I’ve grown to love the colorful characters.
Julie McCoy 15 days ago
Loved this book. I didn't want to put it down. I love when I can feel as if I'm there with characters in a story line.
Joan Hurley 15 days ago
I love Robyn Carr, the Sullivan's Crossing stories and all of her books! Once I start one of her books I'm hooked until the end. I hate to leave all of the people until the next book comes out!
Ejaygirl 20 days ago
Hannah Russell is a successful sales manager living in Minneapolis. While her career is on track, her love life hasn’t been all that shiny and recently took a major nose dive. As she plans to take some time off and return to Colorado, the lovely site of her last business trip, one of her best friends dies suddenly, leaving 5-year son, Noah, in her care. Hannah decides to keep the planned trip intact so she and Noah can have a chance to bond and grieve. She’d booked the house owned by freelance photographer Owen Abrams who’d planned to be out of town but his plans changed and he’s not traveling but will stay in the attached barn. I loved returning to Sullivan’s Crossing and it was the perfect place for Hannah and Noah to find respite. With its strong sense of community and natural beauty, it set the stage for both of them to heal and experience the outreach from the residents. Owen also had experienced a tragedy years ago and had never fully recovered from it. The relationship he created with Noah pulled some serious heartstrings, almost eclipsing his romance with Hannah but not really. And then there was his dog, Romeo, an adorable and lovable Great Dane who really was a scene stealer. This story has all of the elements that normally keeps me enthralled...and I was. I chose to listen to this story because it’s narrated by Thèrése Plummer who is fabulous normally and in her performance here. She masters the young Noah while credibly delivering the male voices along with the others. She provided distinctive qualities for all the major characters, helping to define them beyond the pages. I’m committed to listening to the series here after. I loved everything about this story. It wasn’t all sweetness and light as Hannah and Noah experience some real threats and challenges. It grabbed me from the start, wouldn’t let go and I finished it in a day. Carr is a master at writing compelling small town romance and she doesn’t miss here. (Thanks to Recorded Books for my complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.)
IMM011869 22 days ago
The Country Guesthouse A Sullivan's Crossing Novel by Robyn Carr. I want to move to Sullivan's Crossing....anyone have a map as how to get there? Loved the new residents, Hannah and Noah. Owen and Romeo have become new favorites also. Interesting backgrounds, well defined characters, descriptive landscapes come together in very good edition to the Sullivan's Crossing series. Thank you to the publisher, author, and NetGalley for the opportunity to preview the book.
Nellie0226 22 days ago
I put off reading this one for a few weeks because I wanted to savor the anticipation of another Robyn Carr masterpiece! I just love this series and the complex family issues dealt with throughout!
Donna MacBain 22 days ago
Bit of a thriller! You knew everything would work out but I felt like Helen - what was Victoria up to?
rosie47 29 days ago
I read this book over the course of a single day. It had a good mix of great characters, humor and romance. Would highly recommend it.
David Steben 3 months ago
good
perriknows 3 months ago
A boy, a dog, a woman, a man, romance. What’s not to love? Add in the ‘already in love with’ Sullivan’s Crossing and all our favorite characters…this should have been a 5-star read. Unfortunately for me, although it was good, it wasn’t a best effort, in my opinion. I will say it got better the further I read, and that’s why I’m giving it 4-stars. I could have done without the whole prologue, and I usually LOVE prologues. I kept waiting for more references to the prologue and except for the cheating fiancé and the house, it was pretty much just extra pages. I did like the story. There was sadness, hope, joy, romance, angst, mystery, and ultimately happiness. Important issues were touched on, in-vitro births, parental neglect, female bonding, child abduction, wills, and inheritance. These were all handled expertly. Just because I thought there was an issue with the prologue doesn’t mean it wasn’t good. It was for all the reasons I stated above. I just felt like I was missing something. I’m a fan of Ms. Carr and will absolutely keep purchasing and reading her books. So many people have written stellar reviews of this work and if I leave out my issue with the prologue…I guess mine would be stellar as well.
Rae Light 3 months ago
I love the Sullivan's Crossing series... and this one did not disappoint!!
Linda Young 3 months ago
Robyn Carr is an expert at developing wonderful characters. In her series, she keeps introducing these wonderful characters and plot lines.
Tracy Shurtleff 3 months ago
loved it
Aimee Culler 3 months ago
I love her but I don't care how much, I can buy a hard copy for that!!! And I wouldn't pay that for a hard copy!
Vicki K Huskins 3 months ago
Bit of sadness, a bit of suspense, a bit of humor and romance all rolled together in this great book!
CharlotteLynnsReviews 3 months ago
I have read many Robyn Carr books but this one is my favorite so far. I loved the characters, the setting, and most of all the story. A mother dies leaving her son with her best friend. The best friend has very little experience with children, but she opens her heart, loves, and protects the little boy. There was never any doubt that Hannah would become an amazing mother to Noah. When Owen comes into the story, I knew where it was headed. He was amazing with Noah and sweet with Hannah. The attraction between them was there from the beginning but it was more slow burn. They took their time, got to know each other, and always kept Noah in the front of the minds. Everything they did revolved around the happiness and safety of Noah. The love blossomed and got tested but there was never any real doubt on where it was headed. While Hannah, Owen, and Noah were the main characters, the townspeople and their friends were just as important to the story and added to the happenings. Robyn Carr did an amazing job of giving backstories while not making it so winded that you forgot what was important. I loved seeing how everyone came together to keep this family safe and happy. The twists and turns in the story were wonderful. There were many things that I didn’t see coming and I loved how it all came together perfectly. The Country Guesthouse is a sweet and easy read. It is the perfect book for someone looking to lose themselves in a cute town, with a sweet boy, and amazing townspeople.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Robyn Carr is a prolific writer of women's fiction. Her Virgin River novels are now a series on Netflix. The Country Guesthouse is one of the author's Sullivan's Crossing books. These stories take part in Colorado and are interconnected although they do not have to be read in order. This title is primarily about Owen, Hannah and Noah. They face challenges although readers of this author know that usually things end well. Owen is a world traveler and a photographer who had a significant tragedy in his life. Hannah was a close friend to Noah's mother, who died and named Hannah to be his guardian. Noah, who is five years old, has mild CP and is grieving the loss of his mom. Over the course of this story, the three come together, heal and find love while also connecting with the characters from previous books. I recommend Robyn Carr's novels to those who enjoy women's fiction. This one is an easy read that takes the reader to a beautiful place and the kind of caring community we dream about. Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this title in exchange for an honest review.
bookfan-mary 3 months ago
I loved this story about three people creating a new family. They face plenty of challenges but will learn to trust their instincts in order to move forward. I liked how Robyn Carr let characters from previous books (Cal, Helen and Sully) play important roles in the plot. It was nice to see what was happening in their lives and in the small Colorado mountain town. This is such an enjoyable series. Every time I finish reading the latest book it’s with the hope that there will be another. That’s my sign of a good read and a great addition to the series. Recommended to fans of the author, stories about family and community, and the Sullivan’s Crossing series.